Stagecoach North Scotland have partnered up with Aberdeenshire Council to restore public transport connections between Ballater and Braemar.
As a result of recent flooding the Invercauld Bridge has been closed for emergency repairs and the A93 was washed away at Crathie resulting in Braemar being isolated from the rest of Aberdeenshire.
From today, Wednesday January 6, a free shuttle service will operate between Braemar and Invercauld and another free shuttle service between Invercauld and Ballater (via B976).
Passengers will be required to make the shuttle connection by walking over the old Bridge of Dee, adjacent to the closed Invercauld Bridge.
The shuttle connection in Ballater will join the mainline service 201 which will allow passengers to connect to Aboyne, Banchory and Aberdeen.
Steve Walker, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: “The flooding the Deeside community have experienced is truly devastating. I’m glad we are able to partner up with Aberdeenshire Council to restore a transport link to Braemar. This free shuttle service is the only option we have at the present time to try to help those in Braemar access Ballater as well as the rest of Aberdeenshire which they currently have no easy access to.”
A spokesperson for Aberdeenshire Council said: “The disruption caused by the recent flooding has had a massive impact on the residents of Deeside and especially Braemar and Ballater
The response from the community has been magnificent and we have worked positively with Stagecoach to re-establish transport links through provision of the shuttle service.
Hopefully this service will aid the local communities over the coming weeks until full access is re-established.”
Live service updates are available online at stagecoachbus.com.